In a grim development caused by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and its subsequent economic slowdown and flight bans around the world, Dubai based Emirates Airline has fired over 700 cabin crew members and 600 pilots who worked for the airline. Reportedly, most of the fired employees were flying on the Airbus A380 superjumbo planes and those in training.
Emirates spokesperson told Arabian Business, “After reviewing all scenarios and options, we deeply regret that we have to let some of our people go. This was a very difficult decision and not one that we took lightly. The company is doing everything possible to protect the workforce wherever we can. Where we are forced to take tough decisions we will treat people with fairness and respect. We will work with impacted employees to provide them with all possible support.”
Emirates airline had stipulated in May that there could be loss of upto 30,000 jobs, which is 30% of its overall workforce. Such drastic measures are taken to preserve cash amid the pandemic that has impacted airlines around the world.
Emirates has already begun flights for nine destionations: London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.
From June 15, the following destinations would be covered by the Emirates Airline: Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth, Brisbane and Kabul,